|Número de publicación||US8066791 B2|
|Tipo de publicación||Concesión|
|Número de solicitud||US 12/218,822|
|Fecha de publicación||29 Nov 2011|
|Fecha de prioridad||20 Jul 2007|
|También publicado como||CN101970076A, CN101970076B, CN101970077A, CN101970077B, CN104295416A, CN104826408A, CN104826409A, EP2173458A1, EP2173458B1, EP2173459A1, EP2570172A2, EP2570172A3, EP2570173A1, EP2570174A2, EP2570174A3, EP2570174B1, US8038756, US8480778, US8545588, US9221004, US9238189, US20090049814, US20090100813, US20120031060, US20120067017, US20140096495, US20140157741, WO2009014986A1, WO2009014988A1|
|Número de publicación||12218822, 218822, US 8066791 B2, US 8066791B2, US-B2-8066791, US8066791 B2, US8066791B2|
|Inventores||Michel Baseotto, Roberto Merckx, Julien Dils, Paul Coulonvaux|
|Cesionario original||Donaldson Company, Inc.|
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|Citas de patentes (178), Otras citas (9), Citada por (25), Clasificaciones (15), Eventos legales (2)|
|Enlaces externos: USPTO, Cesión de USPTO, Espacenet|
The present application includes the content of U.S. Ser. No. 60/961,521, filed Jul. 20, 2007. The complete disclosure of 60/961,521 is incorporated herein by reference. This application also includes various features described in U.S. Ser. No. 61/126,222, filed Apr. 30, 2008. The complete disclosure of U.S. Ser. No. 61/126,222 is incorporated herein by reference.
A claim of priority to each of U.S. Ser. Nos. 60/961,521 and 61/126,222, is made to the extent appropriate.
The present disclosure relates to air cleaners. It particularly concerns air cleaners in which a main filter cartridge is provided that includes an open end with a seal thereat; and, an opposite closed end. Features described include a filter cartridge providing supporting engagement with an access cover of a housing and an internal filter support, when installed. Other features relate to support for the seal at the open end. The disclosure also concerns filter cartridges for such arrangements and methods of assembly and use.
Air cleaners are used to filter combustion intake air for internal combustion engines on a variety of vehicles and other equipment such as: trucks; buses; off-road construction equipment; agricultural equipment; generator sets; etc. Such air cleaners typically include a housing with a removable and replaceable main filter cartridge positioned therein. The housing includes a service or access cover, for selected access to the internally received filter cartridge, for servicing. The filter cartridge is typically serviced by being removed and either: by being replaced with a factory new cartridge; by being refurbished and being reinstalled; or, by being replaced with a previously used, but refurbished, cartridge.
Issues relating to air cleaner arrangements with a serviceable filter cartridge include: ensuring proper installation and sealing; obtaining appropriate support for the filter cartridge within the air cleaner, against unintended motion or movement; and/or ensuring that the air cleaner housing is protected against improper installation of filter cartridges.
Improvements in air cleaner assemblies and filter cartridges therefor, which are directed to these issues, are described herein.
According to the present disclosure, an air cleaner arrangement and components therefore is provided. The air cleaner arrangement depicted includes a plurality of features. There is no specific requirement that an air cleaner assembly and/or components include all of the features characterized herein, to obtain some advantage.
An example air cleaner arrangement is depicted which provides for internal support for the primary filter cartridge, as a result of cartridge support mounted in the housing to extend into the open cartridge interior, during installation of the primary filter cartridge. The inner support can be used as a media support for a secondary or a safety filter. Engagement between the filter cartridge and the cartridge support can be selected to provide for both: cantilevered support at a closed end of the filter cartridge; and, anti-rotational support between the filter cartridge and the cartridge support.
An access cover is provided for engagement with the closed end of the filter cartridge. The access cover can be provided with structural arrangements allowing for both cantilevered support and anti-rotational support of the cartridge.
Herein components for use in an air cleaner are described. Example components described include a primary filter cartridge, an optional secondary filter cartridge, and an access cover.
An example primary filter cartridge is provided, which includes a second end cap or closed end cap remote from the first, open, end cap. The second end cap includes an outer surface with a receiving groove therein, typically a serpentine receiving groove. Another surface can also be provided with a projection that extends into a receiver on an access cover.
An internal surface of the second end cap is configured for engagement with a cartridge support. The internal surface can be configured to provide for one or both of: cantilevered support of the filter cartridge of the second end by the cartridge support; and, anti-rotational engagement between the filter cartridge and the cartridge support.
In another aspect of the present disclosure, a filter cartridge is provided which includes an open end with a seal projection thereon. A seal support is embedded in the seal projection. In the example, the seal projection is integral with the remainder of an end cap having an air flow opening therein. In a specific example depicted, the seal support is integral with an inner liner around which the media pack is provided. The inner liner can further include a media support shoulder, against which an end of the media pack is positioned.
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The housing body 3 includes a side wall 10 having a first open end 10 a, over which access cover 4 is mounted. Opposite the first end 10 a, the housing side wall includes a second end 10 b. The second end 10 b includes a housing end wall 11 thereon, having air flow aperture or port 12 therethrough. End wall 11 is typically not removable from side wall 10, and in some instances it is formed integral with wall 10. In typical examples, access cover 4 and housing body 3 comprise glass filled polypropylene molded to the selected configuration.
In general, the access cover 4 is mounted in such a manner that when connection arrangement 7 (i.e., latches 8) is released, access cover 4 can either be removed from housing body 3, or be moved to a position allowing access to an interior of the housing body 3 through end 10 a. For the particular example air cleaner assembly depicted in
The air cleaner assembly 1 further includes an air flow port or aperture 15 providing air flow communication with an interior of the housing 2. For the particular example shown, air flow aperture 15 is an air flow inlet in side wall 10; and, air flow aperture port 12 is an air flow outlet, although alternatives are possible.
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Mounting pads 21 can be located at various places on a housing body 2, for convenient securement to a frame or other portion of the equipment with which the air cleaner assembly 1 is to be used. It is noted that the pads 21 can be positioned at a variety of locations, such that not all are used; which ones being used being dependent on the particular equipment configuration. Thus, housing body 2 may include some mounting pads 21 that are not actually used, in a selected mounting.
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The internal cartridge support 55 is surrounded by media 41 a of an optional safety filter 41, in some applications. In such applications, as the air passes into cartridge support 55, it passes through media 41 a of the safety filter 41. The safety filter 41 can be left off in those applications in which a safety or secondary filter is not desired.
The general description provided is of a “forward flow” arrangement. By this it is meant that, during filtering, air flow passes from an outside of the primary filter cartridge 40 through to an open interior 60 defined by the media pack 50 (i.e., out-to-in.) Selected principles described herein can be applied in alternate or reverse flow arrangements, in which an opposite direction of flow during filtering occurs; i.e., in which air flow, during filtering, is from inner region 60 through the media pack 50.
In a typical air cleaner, the inlet port 15 is surrounded by structure 15 a (and the outlet port 12 is surrounded by structure 12 a) to which duct work or other flow passageway equipment can be attached, for use.
It is noted that in
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Because cartridge 40 is a service component, it needs to be removably sealed in the air cleaner housing 2, to avoid flow into outlet 12 of unfiltered air. The filter cartridge 40 is provided with a housing seal arrangement 65, for this.
More specifically, media pack 50 includes opposite ends 50 a, 50 b. End 50 a is secured to end cap 66. For the particular example shown, end cap 66 is a molded-in-place end cap 66 a. By this it is meant that the end cap 66 is molded onto the media pack 50. A typical material useable for molded in place end caps, is a foamed polyurethane such as described in U.S. Pat. No. 6,955,701; US 2007/009040; and U.S. Pat. No. 7,070,642 each being incorporated herein by reference.
End cap 66 is an open end cap, i.e., it includes a central opening 68 therethrough. Central opening 68 fits over support structure 55, during installation of cartridge 40 into air cleaner body 3. End cap 66 includes seal projection 70 thereon. The seal projection 70 is sized and shaped to be received within a receiver pocket 75 in the housing body 3, to form a housing seal therewith. Thus, projection 70 defines the housing seal or seal member 65, for the example shown. Further example shown, seal projection 70 is molded integral with a remainder of end cap 66.
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End 50 b of media pack 50 includes second end cap 80 thereon. The second end cap 80 is a closed end cap; meaning it has no central apertures therethrough. The example end cap 80 depicted is not molded-in-place, but rather comprises a preform 81 first formed (typically by molding) and then secured to the end 50 b of media pack 50; for example with a potting adhesive. An example material for end cap 80 is a molded ABS potted with a hard polyurethane.
It is noted that as depicted below in the example embodiment of
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In general terms, the safety filter media 41 a is positioned between the main cartridge 50 and interior 55 i of cartridge support 55. Thus, to reach interior 55 i of support 55 and be directed outwardly through outlet 12, the filtered air from cartridge 50 passes through safety media 41 a.
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For the example shown, the side wall 55 s extends with a narrowing taper from base 55 b to end 55 t; i.e., side frame 55 s has a generally conical shape in this region. The conical angle, c, i.e., internal acute angle of slant, is typically at least 1°, usually at least 2° and often within the range of 2° to 10° inclusive.
For the particular example arrangement 1 depicted in
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Alternate seals can be used on cartridges in accord with the present disclosure, including ones having an internal radial seal in general accord with U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,547,480; 6,652,614; WO 2007/022171; U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,039,778; 6,955,701, each of which is incorporated herein by reference. For example, base section 55 b of support 55 can be configured to accommodate an internally, radially, directed seal in general accord with these references.
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Before further detail is provided with respect to assembly 1, attention is directed to
In general, the only differences necessary between air cleaner assembly 101 and air cleaner assembly 1 relate to the specific configuration of the housing body 103 with respect to inlet 107. Inlet 107 in the housing body includes an inlet duct 108 attached thereto, with an end piece 109 and a rim 110. Air cleaner 1 is differently configured with respect to such features.
Internal features, however, for air cleaner 101, including the replacement part features concerning the cartridge 40 can be the same. Each of the air cleaners 1, 101 can be configured to use the same access cover 4.
Returning to assembly 1, attention is now directed to
It is noted that cross section
In general, the structure (housing body 3) viewable in
For the example depicted, end member 55 t includes two projection sections: first (perimeter ring) projection 125; and, second (central) projection member 126. Each of projection sections 125 and 126 project axially away from adjacent portions of end member 55 t in a direction away from housing end 11. By “axially” in this context, it is meant that the projections are in the same general direction as longitudinal axis X. For the example shown, first (ring) projection 125 is separated from second (center) projection 126 by outer surface recess region 130 which extends around projection 126. Also, in the example shown, second ring projection 125 is continuous and circumscribes (surrounds) center projection 126.
End 55 t member includes an outer surface 55 x and an inner 55 z. Recess 130 is in outer surface 55 x.
Herein and when it is said that the projection is “axial” or extends “axially”, it is not meant that the projection is necessarily perfectly co-linear with central longitudinal axis X, but rather it is in the same general longitudinal direction.
In the particular example depicted, central projection 126 is conical in shape and would have a circular cross section in a plane perpendicular to axis X. More specifically, projection 126 has a conical side wall 126 s, which tapers inwardly toward tip 126 t. Tip 126 t, however, is somewhat truncated, and does not necessarily come to either a sharp point or a completely flat end.
In more general terms, cartridge support end 55 t has an outer surface 55 x and inner surface 55 z. The example cartridge support end 55 t is contoured on both surfaces 55 x, 55 z. An example shape is such that there is a central (in the example shown conical) projection 126 spaced from a ring projection 125 by a recess 130, in the outer surface 55 x. The inner surface 55 z is defined with a central (for the example shown conical) outer projection recess 126 i spaced from the recessed ring 125 i by surface 131 i, leaving the observation that surface 131 i generally projects toward end wall 11 and recesses 125 i, 126 i project away from end wall 11.
Projection 125 includes an outer perimeter surface 125 c,
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Central projection 126, recessed surface 130 and ring projection 125 collectively define receiver recess 130 x in outer surface 55 x of end 55 t. Receiver recess 130 x is positioned to receive projecting therein a corresponding projection member on a primary filter cartridge 40 during installation, as discussed below.
In general terms, outer surface 55 x, of end member 55 t defines the first member of a first projection/receiver arrangement providing for engagement between the cartridge 5 and the central cartridge support 55. As will be understood from following descriptions, projections 125, 126, project into receiver sections of a corresponding primary filter cartridge 40; and, a portion of a primary filter cartridge 40 projects into receiver 130 x on support 55.
For the example assembly depicted, the inner wall 125 x of ring projection 125 can be seen to have a serpentine surface shape with alternating outwardly curved, concave, sections 134 and inwardly projecting convex portions 135.
Herein the term “serpentine” when used to refer to the definition of a surface or wall, it is meant to refer to a surface that does not define a circular definition, but rather includes alternating convex and concave sections therein.
For the particular example, serpentine wall surface 125 x, eight (8) concave sections 134 are separated by eight (8) convex portions 135, in extension of wall 125 x around center projection 126. For the example depicted, each concave section 134 is the same shape and size as the other concave sections; and, each convex portion 135 is the same shape and size as the other convex portions. Thus, an eight (8) petal arrangement is defined by wall 125 x. For the particular example, serpentine wall surface 125 x depicted, and the petal arrangement has 8-fold rotational symmetry, i.e., each petal is the same size and shape as each other petal, and the petals are evenly, radially, spaced. In this context, the term “8-fold rotational symmetry” is used to refer to a shape definition which can be rotated around a central axis with eight evenly radially, spaced positions, in which it can align with itself. Thus, an octagon has 8-fold rotational symmetry, whereas (in contrast) a square has 4-fold rotational symmetry.
In more general terms, serpentine surface 125 x comprises alternating convex and concave sections, usually at least three concave sections and typically at least five concave sections and usually 6-10 concave sections.
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The media pack 50 defines an outer perimeter 50 o and an inner perimeter 50 i. The outer perimeter 50 o is defined by outer pleat tips 51 o. Extending around the outer pleat tips 51 o in a helical pattern, is adhesive bead 140, which helps maintain pleat spacing and provides pleat support.
The media pack 50 further includes an inner liner 141, corresponding to liner 71,
In some applications of the techniques described herein, the media pack 51 can include an outer liner, for example a plastic or metal liner.
At end 51 a of the media 51, media pack 50 (i.e., media 51 and liner 41) is embedded in end cap 66. End cap 66 again, is typically a molded-in-place end cap 66 a, including, molded integral therewith, housing seal member 65, which, in the example shown, comprises projection 70. Seal support 70 a, again, is embedded in projection 70.
The housing seal member 70 includes an outer (peripheral) seal surface 70 o configured with a stepped or tapered section 70 t to facilitate insertion into pocket 96 with compression against wall 97,
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As cartridge 5 is assembled, media pack 50 is potted to end cap 80 by being positioned to project into recess 155 formed between outer peripheral rim 150 and central recess section 152. Rib 156 is a circular standoff rib for the media pack 50, during potting.
It is noted that for the sample cartridge 40 depicted in
Preferably, when the cartridge 40 has a conical shape, the conical taper for the media pack 51 has a smaller angle of taper, than the conical taper to support 55,
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End wall 161 includes inner surface 161 y and outer surface 161 x. The inner surface 161 y is generally directed toward end cap 66 in cartridge 40. Surface 161 x is generally opposite surface 161 y, and is directed away from end cap 66.
First, inner, surface 161 y includes outer ring section 162. Radially inwardly from ring section 162 is provided circular, axially outwardly projecting receiving pocket or ring recess or receiver 165 defined by outer wall section 166, inner wall section 167 and end wall section 168. By “axially outwardly projecting” in this context, it is meant that ring receiver 165 generally projects in a direction opposite end cap 66,
Wall section 167 typically has an surface 167 i in side 161 y which has a serpentine shape of alternating outwardly directed convex and outwardly directed concave (or inwardly directed convex) sections, which engage wall 125 x,
Alternately stated, once cartridge 40 is installed over port 55, rotational motion of cartridge 40 around support 55 is inhibited, as a result of an interference interaction between the petal shape of serpentine wall 125 x, and the petal shape of serpentine surface of 167 i. Together, these surfaces form an anti-rotational engagement between cartridge 40 and central cartridge support 55. This helps insure that the cartridge 40 can only be installed in one of selected rotational orientations relative to support 55. When eight (8) petals are present in each of walls 125 x, 167 i, with 8-fold symmetry, eight rotational positions are possible.
Spaced radially inwardly of wall 167, surface 161 y includes a central outer projection 170. The central outer projection 170 includes an outer end section 171 and side wall 173. For the example depicted, the side wall 173 is generally conical and surrounds central axis x.
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Central projection 170 further includes base section 175 with internal surface 176. In general, base section 125 projects into recess 130 x,
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In a typical example, the receiver groove 180 has a dimension such that a smallest internal dimension across a space ornregion surrounded by the receiver groove, as measured for example at XX,
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Radially inwardly from wall 202, and on surface 4 y, is provided projection 210. Projection 210 is sized and shaped to project within receiving groove 180,
The projection 210 has a radial outer surface 211 and a radial inward surface 212. For the example shown, the outer surface 211 is generally serpentine, comprising alternating outwardly convex and inwardly concave sections; and, inner wall 212 is generally serpentine having corresponding inwardly projecting convex and outwardly projecting concave regions, which alternate with respect to one another. Outwardly projecting convex sections of wall 211 are aligned radially with inwardly projecting concave sections of wall 212; and, inwardly projecting concave sections of wall 211 are radially aligned with inwardly projecting convex sections of wall 212.
As result of the serpentine shape to projection 210, in extension around axis x, the wall 210 is sized and shaped to be received within serpentine receiving groove 180,
Typically the dimension across projection 210, between opposite portions of inner surface 212, is at least 10 mm, usually at least 15 mm often at least 20 mm, for example 20-40 mm inclusive. This dimension would correspond to dimension XXX,
Due to the serpentine projection to groove 180, non-rotational engagement is obtainable. That is, when appropriately sized, cartridge 40 and access cover 4 are inhibited from rotating relative to one another, once projection 210 is extended into groove 180. Access cover 4 can be indexed to be mounted in a selected rotational orientation with respect to the housing side wall 10, to ensure that the rotational orientation of access cover 4 is such that projection 210 will extend into groove 180, when the cartridge 40 has been pre-positioned on support 55.
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From a review of the figures above, advantageous interaction among central cartridge support 55 (in housing body 3); main filter cartridge 40; and, the access cover 4 can be understood. In general, the features are as follows.
The cartridge 40 is positioned with an anti-rotational interaction with the support 55. This anti-rotational was depicted in
For the particular example system depicted, as a result of the serpentine shape comprising alternating convex and concave sections, there are eight rotational orientations for the cartridge 40 on the central cartridge support 55. An alternate number is possible.
Thus, among other things, the anti-rotational engagement between the cartridge 40 and the support 55, ensures that the cartridge 40 is secured in only one of certain pre-selected orientations for engagement with the access cover 4.
Access cover 4 includes projection 210 which extends into a groove 180 defined in outer surface 161 x end piece or cap 80. Projection of the projection 210 into the groove 180 provides that the access cover 4 supports cartridge 40 against undesirable levels of cantilevered motion of end 50 b, i.e., the adjacent end piece 80. That is, the cartridge end 50 b will not undesirably move,
It is noted, then, that for the example shown the cartridge 40 is supported at media pack end 50 b against undesirable levels of cantilevered motion, without any portion of the access cover 4, other than perimeter region 30 and projection 200 surrounding the media pack end 50 b, i.e., with no portion surrounding the media pack 50 b that also engages cartridge 40, i.e., the media pack 50. Alternately stated, the cartridge 40 is not supported at end 50 b by support around the exterior of the cartridge 40, but rather only interiorally.
For the support, preferably the projection 210 extends into groove 180 a distance of at least 5 mm, usually at least 12 mm, and typically in the range of 15 to 30 mm.
Preferably groove 180 has a width, along its depth of extension, of no greater than 10 mm, typically no greater than 9 mm and usually within the range of 4 to 7 mm. Preferably the groove 180 is at least 6 mm deep, usually at least 12 mm deep and typically within the range of 12-25 mm deep.
In a typical application, radial outer wall 167 o of groove 180 is positioned at least 20 mm, usually at least 30 mm, from the media pack 50.
Preferably the thickness of projection 210, along its length, is at least 1 mm, typically at least 1.5 mm and usually within the range of 1.5 to 4 mm.
With these example dimensions, the projection/receiver arrangement comprising projection 210 and groove 180 will be convenient to protect cartridge 40 against cantilever motion.
In addition, serpentine outer surface 211 of projection 210 will engage surface 167 o on projection 167 in a manner inhibiting relative rotation between access cover 4 cartridge 40. Indeed, an overall anti-rotational arrangement is created by the sandwiching of wall 167 between surface 125 x and surface 211.
The above-described interactions provide support for cartridge 40, at media pack end 50 b against cantilevered motion; and, for support of cartridge 40 against rotational movement, once installed.
In addition, arrangements as described herein are usable to help ensure that the installed cartridge 40 is a selected, preferred cartridge 40 for the air cleaner assembly 1. Referring to
Typically, receiver groove 168 formed between walls 167, 166,
It is further noted that the various interactions described, help ensure that the cartridge 40 is properly installed within the housing 2, in particular, as the cartridge 40 is installed, engagement with the housing central support 55 occurs. This helps ensure that the cartridge 40 is properly aligned along its length, within the housing body 3. When the access cover 4 is positioned, further engagement occurs, again ensuring that the cartridge 40 is properly longitudinally aligned around access X within the housing body 2.
Also, the access cover 4 will typically not readily be installed in the housing side wall 10, unless the cartridge 40 is properly sealed in position.
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Safety element 41 does not include, in the example shown, an end cap at an opposite end from end 91. Rather, being conically shaped in the example shown, the media 41 is pushed over conical support 55 until a snug engagement is obtained.
It is noted that the configuration depicted, provides for a support of cartridge 40 by internal cartridge support 55, whether optional safety cartridge 41 is present or not. This is advantageous, since it allows, in use, for the optional presence or absence of the safety filter 41.
It is noted that in the depiction of
Further, the assembly, 301 includes a cartridge support 355 and safety cartridge 341.
The components thus far described, can be, in general, the same as those previously described with respect to first and second embodiments discussed. In this context, like characterized features have similar function and operation.
Indeed, air cleaner body and access cover 303, 304 can be the same for air cleaner assembly 301 as for assembly 301,
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Pressure of the seal projection 370 against wall 397, to form the outwardly directed peripheral radial seal at end cap 366, is provided by a seal support member 410 embedded within projection 370. Projection 410 is discussed further below, in connection
Thus, end 355 t includes ring projection 425 and central projection 426.
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At 451, support 450 includes a seal support region 410 integral with the remainder of 450. The seal support region 410 comprises a region of larger diameter than immediate adjacent portion 450 a of support 450. Thus, outwardly extending shoulder 410 b is adjacent to region 410 between region 410 and media support section 450. Region 410 includes a plurality of apertures 410 a therethrough. When embedded in end cap 366, during molding of end cap 366, end cap material can flow through apertures 410 a, engulfing support 410 within the projection 370,
It is noted that shoulder 410 b will provide a media stop to the media 351, when positioned around media support 450. That is, shoulder 410 b will extend across an end of the media 351, during assembly, for convenient support of the media 351.
At end 452, an extension 470 which will be embedded within end cap 367 is shown. Extending across end 452, and surrounded by support 470, is provided an end piece 490 with a configuration analogous to central portions of end cap 151,
Thus, it will be understood that end cap 367 comprises a composite end cap including a molded-in-place outer ring portion,
Herein, in previous descriptions and in the presented figures, air cleaner assemblies and components are described and shown in detail. There is no specific requirement that an air cleaner assembly or component include all of the features characterized described herein, in order to obtain some benefit under the principles of the present disclosure.
According to one aspect of the present disclosure, an air cleaner assembly is provided. The air cleaner assembly includes a housing and a serviceable primary filter cartridge positionable within the housing and removable therefrom, without damage to the housing or the serviceable filter cartridge. An optional safety element is also provided.
The housing generally includes a housing body and an access cover. The housing body includes a sidewall and a central cartridge support. The sidewall generally defines a housing body interior. The housing body typically includes an end wall with an air flow aperture therethrough, and an open end opposite the end wall. The central support extends from a support base surrounding the air flow aperture in a direction toward the housing open end.
In general, the housing end wall and the open end, are at opposite ends of the housing side wall.
In a typical arrangement, the housing includes an air inlet arrangement. In an example shown, the inlet arrangement is an air inlet flow aperture in a side wall of the housing body. Thus, in a typical application, the flow aperture in the side wall is an inlet flow aperture, and the air flow aperture in the end wall is an outlet aperture, for out-to-in flow with respect to a receive filter cartridge, during use. It is noted, however, that many of the principles described herein can be used in association with in-to-out flow (opposite flow) if desired, in some applications.
The central cartridge support includes a support end remote from the base. The support end remote from the base includes a first (ring) projection spaced from, a second (central) projection to define a receiving space therebetween. For the particular example system shown, the first projection is an outer ring projection that extends around, (in the example shown continuously) the second projection (which is a central projection). Each of the first ring projection and the second central projection generally project in a direction away from support base and the end wall.
Typically, the ring projection extends at least 5 mm, usually 7 mm, and often an amount within the range of 7 to 25 mm, inclusive, from immediately adjacent portions of the support end; and the central projection extends at least 10 mm, usually 15 mm, and often an amount within the range of 18 to 40 mm, inclusive, from immediately adjacent portions of the support end.
In the example shown, the second, central, projection projects outwardly from the open end of the side wall.
The serviceable primary air filter cartridge is positioned within the housing body interior. The air filter cartridge comprises a media pack surrounding an open filter interior and extending between first and second end caps. The first end cap is an open end cap with a central aperture therethrough. The cartridge is positioned with the central cartridge support on the housing projecting through the open central aperture of the first end cap and into the open filter interior.
A housing seal is positioned at the first end cap. Typically, the housing seal is molded integral to the first end cap, for example from foamed polyurethane, although alternatives are possible. The housing seal can be configured, for example, as a radial seal, either inwardly or outwardly directed. In a specific example shown, the housing seal is a projection extending axially away from the remainder of the first end cap, in a direction away from the media pack; and, the housing seal includes a radially outwardly directed radial seal surface. In examples shown, an embedded support is provided in the housing seal. The embedded support can comprise a portion of an inner liner. In some instances it can also form an end stop for the media. Alternate housing seal arrangements are possible.
The second end cap is a closed end cap including an inner surface with a central receiver projecting away from the first end cap. The central receiver projecting away from the first end cap, in the second end cap, receives the central projection of the cartridge support projecting therein, when the cartridge is installed.
The inner surface of the second end cap also typically includes a first ring receiver which surrounds, and is spaced from, the central receiver. The first ring receiver in the second end cap is configured to receive, projecting therein, the ring projection of the housing central cartridge support, when the cartridge is installed in the housing. In am example such arrangement, an inwardly projecting wall or section of the first end cap separates the ring receiver and the central receiver.
The second end cap of a depicted embodiment includes an outer surface with a receiving groove therein. In the example, the receiving groove is positioned opposite the inwardly projecting section of the inner surface located between the ring receiver and the central receiver; i.e., the receiving groove is formed on the outer surface of the end cap by structure surrounding the central receiver in the inner surface.
The serviceable primary air filter cartridge is positioned in the housing body interior with: the housing seal of the primary air filter cartridge sealed to a portion of the housing body; the central cartridge support projecting through the first end cap open aperture and into the open filter interior; and, with the central projection on the support end of the housing body support projecting into the central receiver on the second end cap. Typically, a first ring projection on the support end of the central cartridge support also projects into the ring receiver on the second end cap.
An access cover is secured over the open end of the housing body. The access cover includes an inside surface with a first ring projection. The access cover is positioned with the first ring projection on the inside surface projecting into the receiving groove on the outer surface of the second end cap of the primary filter cartridge.
In typical arrangements, the first end cap is a molded-in-place end cap, for example from polyurethane foam. The second end cap is typically either a pre-formed end cap, for example from metal or plastic, to which the media pack is secured by an adhesive or potting arrangement; or; a composite end cap comprising a central preform section secured to the media pack by a molded-in-place ring. In the latter instances, the central preform section can comprise a portion of a cartridge media support liner.
The housing seal on the first end cap is typically formed integral with the end cap, and may comprise a radially directed seal. Either outwardly directed or inwardly directed radial seals are possible.
In example arrangements described, housing seal arrangement is provided which includes a seal projection integral with the remainder of the end cap. The seal projection includes embedded therein, a seal support. Seal support can comprise of portion integral with media inner liner. In example, the support embedded within the seal projection is not only integral with a media inner liner, but defines a support shoulder or end stop for an end of the media, embedded in the end cap.
In a typical assembly, the outer surface of the second cap of the primary filter cartridge includes a central outward projection thereon. This central outward projection defines, on an inside surface thereof, a central outwardly projecting receiver.
Typically, the access cover includes an inner surface with an outwardly projecting receiver. The outwardly projecting receiver on the inside surface of the access cover receives, projecting therein, the central outward projection of the second end cap of the primary air filter cartridge.
In some applications of the techniques described herein, the air cleaner assembly includes serviceable safety or secondary filter having a first end cap and an extension of media secured to the first end cap. The first end cap includes a central aperture therethrough. The secondary filter is positioned within the open filter interior of the primary air filter cartridge, with the media of the secondary filter surrounding positioned against the central cartridge support. The central aperture of the second air filter first end cap is sized and positioned around a portion of the support end of the central support, with ring projection of the central support projecting therethrough.
In an example described, the first ring projection on the access cover inner surface has a serpentine inner wall surface and a serpentine outer wall surface. Further, the receiving groove on the outer surface of the primary filter cartridge second end has at least one wall (either inner and outer) which is serpentine, and typically both walls are serpentine.
As a result of the serpentine shape to the ring projection on the access cover inner surface, and the serpentine shape to the receiving groove on the outer surface of the primary filter cartridge, the first ring projection in the access cover can be non-rotatably engaged in the receiving groove on the outer surface of the primary filter cartridge second end cap. By “non-rotatably engaged” in this context, it is meant that the primary filter cartridge and access cover cannot be rotated dependently of one another, while engaged.
Further, as a result of the first ring projection of the access cover projecting into the receiving groove on the primary filter cartridge second end cap outer surface, the cartridge can be supported against cantilevered motion at the closed end cap, relative to the remainder of the housing. This anti-cantilevered motion support is facilitated also by engagement between the primary filter cartridge and the cartridge support.
Further, the remote (outer) end of the central support can be provided with the first ring projection which has an inwardly directed serpentine surface; and, the filter cartridge end cap can include a ring receiver with radially outwardly directed serpentine surface. These two serpentine surfaces can be engaged to provide for a non-rotable engagement between the primary filter cartridge and the cartridge support. This can be used to help position the cartridge when installed over the cartridge support in an appropriate orientation radially, for receiving the projection of the access cover, when the access cover is installed during completion of a service operation.
In examples depicted, the conical support includes a conical side wall section narrowing in diameter in extension toward the support end from a base region adjacent the housing end wall. The conical side wall section typically has a conical taper of at least 1°. The central support can include a porous the wall portion and an imperforate base portion; the base portion being adjacent the housing body end wall.
The media pack of the primary end filter cartridge can have a conical side wall section tapered downwardly in extension from the first end cap toward the second end cap. The conical side wall section of the primary filter cartridge media pack typically has a conical angle of at least 0.5°.
In those instances in which the conical support has a conical side wall section of a first conical angle, the media pack of the primary filter cartridge has a conical side wall section of a second conical angle, in some instances the first conical angle can be provided greater than the second conical angle. By this, it is meant that in those examples, the central support tapers downwardly at a sharper angle than does the media pack.
Also according to the present disclosure, componentry useable with air filter assemblies is provided. Included among the componentry is an air filter cartridge useable as a primary filter cartridge in an air cleaner assembly. The cartridge typically includes a media pack surrounding an open filter interior and having first and second ends. The first end cap is positioned in the media pack first end and includes a central aperture therein. A housing seal member is typically positioned on the first end cap and can be formed integrally with the first end cap. The seal member can include a seal support embedded therein, as described.
A second end cap is positioned on the media pack second end. The second end cap includes an inner surface and an outer surface. The second end cap can be provided as a perform, in some applications.
The outer surface of the second end cap includes a receiving groove therein. Typically the receiving groove is at least 6 mm deep. The receiving groove is formed between inner and outer radial walls, and is typically configured as a continuous ring. The outer wall receiving groove is typically spaced radially inwardly at least 20 mm from the media pack.
Inner surface of the second end cap includes a central receiver projecting outwardly away from the first end cap. The central receiver is surrounded by the receiving groove.
Typically the receiving groove in the outer surface of the second end cap is defined between walls spaced no more than 25 mm apart, and typically no more than 10 mm apart.
In examples shown, of the receiving groove in the outer surface of the second end cap is a serpentine receiving groove. It is formed by inner and outer walls at least one of which, and typically each of which, have a serpentine surface.
In an example shown, the inner surface of the second end cap includes an inward projection defining, at an opposite end of the end cap therefrom, the receiving groove. The inward projection in an example depicted has a serpentine outer side wall surface, directed radially outwardly.
The inner surface of the second end cap can define a ring receiver wherein the serpentine outer side wall surface of the inward projection defines a radially inner, outwardly facing, surface of the ring receiver. The ring receiver further includes a wall with a radially outer, inwardly facing, surface spaced from the radially inward, outwardly facing, surface on the ring receiver. The distance of spacing is typically at least 10 mm and typically not more than 40 mm.
In its example described, the media pack comprises a pleated media, and can include a conical shape tapering downwardly in extension from the first end cap to the second end cap. Further the media pack can include an inner liner. The media pack can also include an outer liner and/or be provided with an outside adhesive bead thereon, to maintain pleat integrity and spacing.
As characterized herein above, the principles described herein can be implemented by selected features assembled in a variety of specific configurations; and, there is no requirement that all of the features characterized be included in any given embodiment. Thus, a second aspect of the present disclosure an air cleaner assembly is provided which includes a housing including a housing body and an access cover. The housing body includes a side wall an end wall and an open end opposite the end wall. The end wall defines an air flow aperture therethrough and the housing body includes a housing body interior. The housing can include an air flow inlet arrangement therein, providing for air flow to an interior, during use.
A serviceable primary air filter cartridge is positioned within the housing body interior. The primary air filter cartridge comprises a media pack surrounding an open interior and extending between first and second end caps. The first end cap is an open end cap of the central aperture therethrough. A housing seal is positioned on the first end cap. The housing seal can comprise for example a radial seal formed integral with the remainder of the end cap, although alternatives are possible. In one example, the housing seal comprises a projection extending outwardly from (axially) from a remainder of the first end cap, the projection having an outwardly directed, stepped, radial seal portion thereon. The housing seal can include a seal support embedded therein, as described.
A second end cap of the primary filter cartridge is a closed end cap and has an outer surface with a receiving groove therein. The receiving groove is defined by radially inner and outer walls spaced no more than 25 mm apart, typically no more than 10 mm apart. Even in situations when the receiving groove is spaced greater than 10 mm apart, in some portion of its extension, preferably in the deepest at least 6 mm (and typically at least 10 mm) of the groove, the walls are spaced no more than 10 mm apart.
The typical receiving groove is spaced at least 20 mm radially inwardly from the media pack.
In the example embodiment described, the access cover is secured over the open end of the housing body, and includes an inside surface with a first ring projection. The access cover is positioned with the first ring projection projecting into the receiving groove in the second end of the primary filter cartridge. This can be used to provide for cantilevered support to the cartridge. The first ring projection can be a serpentine projection with serpentine inner and outer surfaces.
Typically at least one of the inward and outward walls of the receiving groove is a serpentine wall. In some instances both are. A serpentine wall can be used to engage serpentine projection on the access cover, to provide an anti-rotational engagement between the primary filter cartridge and the access cover.
In the example depicted, the second end cap outer surface includes a central outward projection surrounded by the receiving groove and the access cover inner surface includes a receiver into which the central projection on the primary filter cartridge projects.
The features described in connection with this embodiment can be implemented in an arrangement, as exemplified in the figures, in which the housing body includes a central cartridge support projecting into the open filter interior. The central cartridge support can include a support end, having features engaging the cartridge for one or both of cantilevered support end and anti-rotational port.
Also according to an alternate characterization of the principles described herein, an air filter cartridge is provided. The air filter cartridge can include a media pack surrounding an open filter interior and having first and second ends. The first end cap is positioned on the media pack first end. The first end cap includes a central aperture therein.
A housing seal member is positioned on the first end cap. The housing seal member can be formed integral with the remainder of the first end cap and can comprise, for example, an inwardly directed or an outwardly directed radial seal. The seal member can include a seal support embedded therein, as described.
A second end cap is positioned on the media pack second end. The second end cap includes an inner surface and an outer surface. The outer surface preferably includes a serpentine receiving groove. The outer surface also preferably includes an outwardly directed projection surrounded by the serpentine receiving groove.
The inner surface of the second end cap preferably includes a central receiver projecting away from the first end cap. The central receiver is surrounded, in this example, by the receiving groove.
In a specific example depicted, the receiving groove has an eight petal shape, i.e., eight fold symmetry.
In an example depicted, the media pack comprises pleated media. Also in an example shown, the media pack has a conical shape tapering downwardly in extension from the first end cap to the second end cap.
Again, there is no requirement that an arrangement would include all of the features characterized herein, to obtain some benefit according to the principles of the present disclosure. However, the features described provide, in combination, for an advantageous, relatively easy to assemble, air cleaner assembly.
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|Clasificación de EE.UU.||55/503, 55/502, 55/510, 55/480, 55/498|
|Clasificación cooperativa||B01D46/2411, B01D2265/026, B01D2265/021, B01D2271/027, B01D46/009, B01D46/0002, B01D46/2414|
|Clasificación europea||B01D46/00S40, B01D46/24F4C|
|3 Nov 2008||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: DONALDSON COMPANY, INC, MINNESOTA
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Effective date: 20080926
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